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Turn Your PC into a 3D TV for under $500


Wondering what all the 3D hubbub is about? Save some serious cash and try this easy alternative!

With technology pushing forward full steam ahead, it’s easy to get lost in the transition. Just like the conversion from black and white to colour television, 3D TV has not been an instant hit. Instead, the rise of 3D TV will be a very gradual one. Don’t feel like splashing thousands of dollars on that fancy new 3D-enabled HD Television Set?  Don’t sweat it! We’ll help you upgrade your existing home PC to play 3D TV. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to not only watch 3D channels, but convert normal 2D TV content into 3D!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Item Price
Windows XP, Vista, or 7 PC

Your existing one

Avermedia 3D USB Dongle


24” 3D Monitor w/ Glasses


NVidia 1GB Video Card



Step 1 – Prepare Yourself

First off, make sure your existing PC is able to be upgraded. Be prepared to open up your PC and operate. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, find a friend or family member with a bit of experience. Remember to unplug your PC from the power socket in the wall before opening it up! To save some trouble, make sure the 3D Monitor you obtain comes with 3D glasses.


  • Ensure that your PC has an available PCI-E (PCI Express) slot, because this is where we will plug in the new video card.
  • You will also need to make sure your PC has two available USB slots. Continue reading

Everything you need to know about USB 3.0

The mystery of the new kid on the digital block finally becomes clearTechnology continues to sail forward into new waters on a faster ship with bigger sails. That ship’s name is the U.S.B 3.0! Here are the ins and outs of the this sleek new vessel. Finally, we’ll shine some light on exactly what is so great about USB 3.0 versus the old USB 2.0 that has already become so integrated in our lives.
The Speed
Pretty much every USB device around runs on USB 2.0. Why should we even care about USB 3.0? The answer is simple! The speed of USB 3.0 is blistering, rated at more then ten times faster than USB 2.0! However, in the real world, USB 3.0 finds its pace at about three times faster than USB 2.0.Imagine if you will a USB monster. A USB 2.0 Monster can eat 50 cookies in one second. Impressive! However, the USB 3.0 Monster can eat a whopping 150 cookies a second! Staggering! On a standard, average speed PC, copying a 1gb file onto a normal USB flash drive can take about two and a half minutes. On USB 3.0, this would take less than a minute.

Where is it?
USB 3.0 is not yet widely distributed. Chances are, unless you bought your computer from the future, you most likely don’t have USB 3.0. However, you may be able to upgrade your existing computers with relative ease!

How do you use it?
In order to use USB 3.0, your computer needs to have the USB 3.0 hardware. If your PC motherboard has SATA interface, you can replace that ever so useful floppy drive with a few USB 3.0 ports. These are easy to find on online shops like eBay for around $30 USD.

If you are looking to upgrade a laptop, look for PCMCIA cards. These fantastic tidbits of technology provide a sleek and seamless upgrade to the hardware of your laptop, and can be found starting at $15 on online shops like eBay.

What does it do?
So you’ve upgraded your PC by retrofitting it with USB 3.0. Now what? For starters, plugging in your ordinary USB devices into a USB 3.0 port will not make it any faster. This means that your old external hard drives, memory card readers and flash drives will not benefit from the UDB 3.0 upgrade. Continue reading